At our booth at the Downtown Sarasota Farmer’s Market, someone asked for Holy Basil tea. I was not familiar with this tea and did some research that you may find interesting.
Holy Basil or the Tulsi plant is called ‘Holy’ and is an important symbol in the Hindu religion. Tulsi means “the incomparable one” and the plant is worshiped morning and evening. No Hindu household is considered complete without a Tulsi plant.
Apart from the religious significance of Holy Basil, the plant has many medicinal benefits. In Ayurvedic medicine it is termed “the elixir of life” as it promotes longevity. In other words the tea has antioxidants which help boost the body’s ability to fight those nasty free radicals which cause disease and aging. It is also an adaptogen that helps the body fight stress by balancing the mind, nerves and emotions and maintains health of the respiratory tract.
Initially I was curious why this customer wanted this tea. When I learned about the spiritual nature of Holy Basil, I understood the importance of this tea. I thrilled to know a bit more about another aspect of this beverage we love called tea.
The Tea Lady